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WMNF Election Central is Open

Matt Cowley about almost 6 years ago

In conjunction with out special election night on-air coverage, we've opened WMNF Election Central. Come on over to get the latest updates and reports, and to discuss all things election.

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Early Voting

I voted early on Thursday in Clearwater and I got into a discussion with a guy in the Supervisor of elections office. Turns out that because they got the new optical scanning equipment they had a bunch of obsolete old voting machines. Well, they ended up selling them to a South American country and that country just had their first election since buying that equipment and..... George Bush won.:)

Early Voting

I voted early on Thursday in Clearwater and I got into a discussion with a guy in the Supervisor of elections office. Turns out that because they got the new optical scanning equipment they had a bunch of obsolete old voting machines. Well, they ended up selling them to a South American country and that country just had their first election since buying that equipment and..... George Bush won.:)

Hope for America

The "Audacity of Hope" is not hope for black men or the Democratic Party but hope for America. Today, I have high hopes for America. If you are voting for Obama, I am with you. Thank you for your vote. If you are voting for anyone else, and you are dissapointed when the results come in, know that we are trying to do what is best for the USA. If the tide of political sentiment is going a certain way, the public support for elected officials makes it more possible for them to accomplish goals. We have some lofty ones, aimed at vast and far-reaching improvements. Please give us the time to allow the new policies a chance to work before judging them. There will be plenty of time for criticism later should the outcome be less than beneficial for the nation. Thank you. Shine on, USA.

History

Regardless of today's outcome, we must realize how important November 4, 2008 was. I was in line to vote before 7am today, and at the head of the line was Miss Clara. An elderly black woman - heck, I met her more than ten years ago and she was in her late 80s then. She disappeared into the polling place. Fifteen minutes later she returned back outside - hugging her caregiver she said that she'd been waiting a long time to vote for a black man for president...and finally today she got her chance. Granted, we've got a LONG way to go in racial relations. This election is not about Black and White, and just because someone has the same color skin you do is not a good enough reason to vote for that someone - but just think of all Miss Clara has seen in her 90-plus years and then think of the impact on her life today!

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Remember, we've got our election central site set up over at http://wmnfelection.org. C'mon over and continue the conversation there!

I'm happily amazed!

At the age of 45, and having lived 42 years of it in the Deep South, I frankly am amazed that an African-American is our new President. I am watching scenes unfold on CNN (don't hold it against me!) that I simply didn't think could happen in this country. I had grown quite used to thinking that this country was hopelessly bigoted and prejudiced, and I had become very cynical. I feel that a transformation has happened which, I think, could be the best hope for the survival and prosperity of the human race. Barack Obama can't help but make this entire world a better place simply by having persevered to reach this historic moment. There's a whole lot of work ahead for him, but I already feel more hopeful for this nation's future and for a better world. I'm not one given to hyperbole, but this is the most happily amazing moment I've ever witnessed.



Maybe now...Sarah Palin will fade back into oblivion.